6 Facts About the Federal Ministry of Defence


The Federal Ministry of Defence, abbreviated BMVg, is a top-level federal agency, headed by the Federal Minister of Defence as a member of the Cabinet of Germany.

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe.

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The ministry is headquartered at the Hardthöhe district in Bonn and has a second office in the Bendlerblock building in Berlin.

The Federal City of Bonn is a city on the banks of the Rhine in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with a population of 311,287.

The Bendlerblock is a building complex in the Tiergarten district of Berlin, Germany, located on Stauffenbergstraße.

Berlin is the capital and the largest city of Germany as well as one of its 16 states.

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According to Article 65a of the German Constitution, the Federal Minister of Defence is Commander-in-chief of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, with around 253,430 active personnel.

A commander-in-chief is the person or body that exercises supreme operational command and control of a nation's military forces or significant elements of those forces.

The Bundeswehr is the unified armed forces of Germany and their civil administration and procurement authorities.


Article 115b decrees that in the state of defence, declared by the Bundestag with consent of the Bundesrat, the command in chief passes to the Chancellor.


The ministry currently has approximately 3,730 employees.


Of these, 3,230 work in Bonn while around 500 work in the Bendlerblock building in Berlin.

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